Nineteen-year-old Nick Kyrgios has propelled himself into being a tennis legend, winning an epic upset against Andreas Seppi as the crowd went wild. Kyrgios is now the first home player to reach the Australian Open men’s quarter-finals. He will go on to play against Andy Murray in the final eight.
USA Today reported the final scoreline as Nick Kyrgios defeting Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 8-6.
Nick Kyrgios surprised the crowd with his comeback win, but he may have been more shocked than anyone else.
“When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible. It was the best feeling I ever had. It’s crazy. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”
According to the BBC, Kyrgios not only gave a triumphant come-back, he did it with a back injury. The teenager from Canberra still managed to stay a force in the game, as he later explained.
“To know the body could come back from two sets to love, knowing I haven’t had matches, it’s just massive confidence. I think the turning point was definitely the break in the third set. That just established that I wasn’t going to go away. I was just going to compete until the very end. When I got to the third set, I started playing really well. I knew if I could just hang on some way and take it to a fifth set, it’s anyone’s match.”
Nick Kyrgios will go on to face Andy Murray.
Kyrgios is the definition of up-and-coming. He was born on April 27th, 1995, and started making headlines in 2013 when he won the Boys’ Singles event in the 2013 Australian Open. He then went claim victory in the Boys’ Doubles at the Wimbledon Championships in the same year. In the 2014 Winbledon Championships, he managed to beat Rafael Nadal in another shocker, and reached the quarterfinals.
Through the young star’s brief career, Nick Kyrgios has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with.
Andreas Seppi was just coming off of his own surprise victory over Roger Federer. It looked like he had the game with Kyrgios in the bag, even forcing the 19-year-old to throw his racquet down in frustration at one point.
The New York Times described Nick Kyrgios as “prickly and profane.” Although he doesn’t always have the most graceful mannerisms, but he keeps the crown entertained. In any case, the tennis world is likely to see much more Nick Kyrgios.
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